Brother Cadfael is a monk who specializes in herbal remedies.... and murder!
The Brother Cadfael series by
Ellis Peters is a very good example of an
historical cozy mystery. Before there were forensic pathologists and laboratories
à la CSI, many times murders passed as accidents. But not so while Brother Cadfael was around! He could put the Miami, New York
City, and any other city's CSI unit to shame! And, he did all of this using utensils such as spoons, knives, and bottles, not all of those television fancy fantasy techniques for him! Brother Cadfael could tell you the "who, what, when, where, how, and even why" facts needed to solve a murder or crime.
Katherine Hall Page
With a BA from Wellesley, an MA from Tufts, and a Doctorate from Harvard, it's
no wonder that Katherine Hall Page is now the first person to ever receive Best
First Novel, Best Novel, and Best Short Story in the entire history of Malice
Domestic! (Also, she writes a mystery series for ages (+/-) 5th-8th grade,
featuring three boarding school girls who not only study, but also sleuth!) (I
know I have said this before... I love it when best selling authors write books
Robin Paige aka
(Best Selling) Susan Wittig Albert &
husband Bill Albert... Victorian Mystery Series...
Pajer writes the Professor Bradshaw Mystery Series, which
features an electrical engineer, inventor, and professor with a penchant for
Linda Palmer (aka
Melinda Wells) Palmer
writes the Daytime Mystery Series which
features a young widow/sleuth who is a writer for a New York soap opera...As
Wells she writes the Della Cooks Mystery Series which, as the
name suggests, is a culinary mystery series.
aka Jay Stewart... His more famous series featured an older, spinster sleuth who
"works with" a police officer, who considers her both a friend and a nuisance.
This combination of female sleuth/policeman "friend and foe" was perfected by
early authors such as Palmer... in the 1930s!
Sharon Pape Pape, an
ex-teacher, writes the Portrait of a Crime Mystery Series. This series has a
very unique sleuth... Rory McBain is a police sketch artist who has been
left her favorite uncle's Victorian house and detective business. Rory soon
discovers that her uncle's house has someone other than her living in it...
Zeke, a federal marshal from the 1870s. Pape also writes the Crystal Shop
Mysteries, which are set in Arizona and feature Jaye Saylor, sleuth and
owner of a crystal and gemstone shop.
V. I. Warshawski series...
A New York Times Bestselling author, Parker was previously a prosecuting
attorney. One of this website's visitors recommended Parker's successful
Suspicion mystery series to me. I have yet to read her books, but have
definitely added Parker to my list of authors to read!
Parker writes the Crystal Coast Mystery Series which is set in North
Carolina. Parker attended Duke University Law School, so it is only right
that her sleuth should be an attorney in North Carolina.
Kate Parker Parker writes the Victorian Bookshop Mystery Series. Parker's
sleuth is Georgia Fenchurch, a bookseller whose main focus is antique books.
Georgia is a member of a secret "Archivist Society" in Victorian London.
Robert B. Parker
I have to confess that I have not read any of Parker's
novels... yet. I just became aware that he wrote the Spenser (for Hire)
books, and also the Jesse Stone mystery series. I just saw my first Jesse
Stone movie and I am hooked!
Nancy J. Parra (aka
Nancy Coco) Parra has her MA in writing. As
Nancy J. Parra she writes the Baker's Treat Mystery Series. This series
features a sleuth (Toni Ryder) who is a baker who specializes in gluten free
baking. As Coco she writes the Candy-Coated Mystery Series. This series
features Allie McMurphy, the chef at her family's historic hotel that is set
on Mackinaw Island, Michigan. (The hotel has a very popular fudge shop in
Series Good news for all of the Guidepost and
Quilting lovers amongst us! Guidepost is offering a new series which
involves a a quilter/sleuth. A lot of the Guidepost series can be read out
of order. However, the Patchwork Mystery Series should be read in
Allison Cesario Paton
Paton, an ex-elementary music teacher with her master's in counseling,
writes the Mrs. Bundle Mystery Series which is set in Vermont. Mrs. Bundle
is a "mature woman" who starts up her own private eye business...
Not Cozy... Police Procedural... Alex Cross, psychologist series & the Women's Murder Club series.
Both are best sellers.... Also, Patterson is writing a "Young
Adults" series. I know I have said this before, but I absolutely love it when
established authors write books for younger readers. I am quite
certain that both my son and daughter would have loved reading these books when
they were younger...
Richard North Patterson Can
you tell from reading his books that he was an Assistant Attorney General of
Ohio? Although he doesn't write cozies, I enjoy him immensely.
Pattillo is one of the authors who pens a Mystery and the Minister's Wife
book. This series is unique in that each book is written by different
authors (some of the authors pen more than one book in the series.) Other
authors of the series include Diane Noble, Traci DePree, Carol Cox,
Eve Fisher. It is an inspirational mystery series...
Barbara Paul Paul, at one time, did not want to write a mystery series...
But that was before she started
writing either of her two mystery series: the Marian Larch Mystery Series
and the Opera Mystery Series... along with several Stand Alone mystery books
and short stories that have appeared in many anthologies...
Paula Paul (aka
Paula Carter) Paul, a journalist by trade, is the author
of the Alexandra Gladestone Mystery Series which is set in Victorian England. As
Paula Carter, she writes the Murder by Design Mystery Series which is set in Alabama.
Cynthia Peale Peale writes the Victorian Boston Beacon
Hill Mystery Series, which features a brother and sister sleuthing team...
Iain Pears: Pears
first got his doctorate at Oxford in Art History, and then discovered his
knack for writing mysteries which take place in the art world, and feature
Jonathan Argyll, a British art historian and dealer. Pears is not only a
historian and author, but also has worked as a television
With a master's degree in journalism,
it is no small wonder that Pence has an award-winning series that features a
journalist. Unlike Pence, however, her main character is a gourmet cook...
Sharon Kay Penman Penman (an ex-tax lawyer) writes several acclaimed
historical series. The Medieval Mystery Series takes place in late
twelfth century England...
Penny, a journalist, hosted radio talk shows on the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation before deciding to write novels full-time. Her Three Pines
mysteries have won many prestigious mystery book awards... including the
Anthony, Barry, Dylis, New Blood Dagger, and Arthur Ellis awards.
Penrose, with both a Bachelors and a Masters in the Arts from Yale, writes
the Lady Arianna Regency Mystery
Series. This series is set in London, during the early 1800s.
Meira Pentermann Pentermann is a new author of a paranormal cozy mystery which
takes place in Maine. A silent ball of light haunts Beth LaMonte, and leads her
to the diary of a girl who disappeared over thirty years ago.
I haven't read any of her novels, but she has a lot of fans.
She has several British series to choose from...
Carol J. Perry Perry writes the Witch City Mystery Series which is set in the
city most associated with witches: Salem, Massachusetts. Lee Barrett returns
home to Salem to be closer to her Aunt Ibby and tries to get a legitimate job as
a reporter. Unfortunately the only reporting job she can get is as the host
of the late night horror movies at the local WICH-TV station. Lee begins to
think that she may have psychic powers when she starts seeing things in the
crystal ball she uses in her act. Oh, and O'Ryan, a cat that Lee and Aunt Ibby
inherit seems to have some magical powers of his own!
aka Toni L.P. Kelner Perry
writes the Family Skeleton Mystery Series which features Georgia, an English
professor and her ghost, Sid. As Kelner she writes
the Laura Fleming series that
features a computer programmer. Kelner also writes the Where Are They Now?
Mystery Series, which features a journalist/sleuth named Tilda Harper.
Kelner has co-edited several anthologies with Charlaine Harris.
Thomas Perry Perry (Ph.D. in English) writes the Jane Whitefield Mystery
Series which features a Seneca Wolf Clan member who hides people... who need to
Elizabeth Peters aka
Barbara Michaels &
She has her doctorate (and a passion) for Egyptology. As Mertz, she writes
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
aka Edith Pargeter... Brother Cadfael is an absolutely
wonderful series to become addicted to...
Also, Peters wrote a series about the British Felse family of detectives.
Crime Writers' Association Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time) (On the
Mystery Writers of America Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time)
aka Clare Curzon, Eileen-Marie Duell
Buchanan, Marie Buchanan... That's a lot
of pseudonyms/names for a Vedy British author of Vedy many series...
R. Michael Phillips
Phillips is an artist who has been painting for over three decades. He writes
the East London Adventurers Club Mystery Series which features an art forger who ends up
working on solving mysteries while
Pickard has two series of her own: the
Marie Lightfoot series, and the Jenni Cane series. She collaborated with
Virginia Rich on the fourth Eugenia Potter mystery novel, and wrote the next two
books in that series.
Pickens writes about what she knows... both she and her main character
(Avery Andrews) are lawyers and live in the Carolinas. Don't expect to find
recipes in Pickens' Southern Fried Mystery Series... for that you can get
reference a cookbook!
(aka Penny Warner) Penny Pike writes
the Food Festival Mystery Series, which features Darcy Burnett, an ex-food
reviewer and & Aunt Abby, an ex-cafeteria cook who is now a food truck chef.
It takes place in San Francisco. As Warner, she writes the Connor Westphal Mystery Series which features a
California newspaper publisher. Warner has her Master's in Special Education,
and has won several awards for her mysteries... including the Macavity Award for
Best First Mystery and the Agatha and Anthony Awards for Best Juvenile Mystery
(Mystery of the Haunted Caves.) Warner also writes the Party Planning
Rhonda Pollero Pollero's F. A. T. (Finley Anderson
Tanner) Mystery Series has been recommended to be included on the site...She
is not only a sleuthing paralegal, but a shopaholic to boot!
Cate Price Price writes the Deadly Notions Mystery Series which
features Daisy Buchanan, a retired teacher. Daisy currently runs the Great
Notions sewing shop in a quaint town in Pennsylvania
Price is actually a husband and wife writing team. They just put out their
first Grime Solvers Mystery in '07...
Sandra West Prowell A series set in Montana...
Mary Monica Pulver
Monica Ferris & half of the duo who wrote as
Margaret Frazer for
the first of the Sister Frevisse novels. Ferris writes a needlecraft
mystery series and Pulver writes an equestrian mystery series.
Ann Purser Now that all seven days
of the week can be accounted for, Purser is calling her series the Lois Meade Mystery
Series, which will include all seven of the "Days of the Week" mystery books
(former name of the series) and then some! Set in a cozy, English village...
Ellery Queen Queen is the pseudonym of
cousins (Manfred Bennington Lee and Frederic Dannay) who collaborated on the
Ellery Queen novels and stories... While they used the name "Ellery Queen"
as their pseudonym, they also used the name "Ellery Queen" as the character
who is a novelist as well as a sleuth. And, of course, let us not forget the
very popular Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine which has been in publication
Monica Quill aka Ralph McInerny.... As Quill, the series is Sister Mary
Teresa, living in Chicago.....
aka Peter Abrahams...
As Spencer Quinn he writes the (in my opinion) terrific Chet and Bernie Mystery Series, which is told
from Chet's point of view. Chet is the loyal dog of Bernie Little. I
absolutely love to find authors (especially mystery authors!) who are really
successful authors, who then decide to write mysteries for children
and/or young adults. Abrahams is one of those authors. As Abrahams, he is
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